Over the last twenty years or so there has been a sharp increase in interest from national sports federations and governments in the development of effective elite sport systems, particularly focused on achieving success in the summer and winter Olympic Games. Many countries now have publicly funded elite sports strategies which provide specialist facilities and support staff and often provide direct financial support for athletes. These developments have stimulated academic interest in describing the elite sport systems, analysing the processes by which policy is established and evaluating the impact of these policies on elite athlete success. Far less attention has been placed on the operation of the elite sports systems and on how the system interfaces with the athlete. The aim of this book is to refocus attention on the management and operation of systems designed to deliver elite success.
The book draws on the theoretical literature in implementation, organisation theory, leadership and complexity. This provides an initial context for analysis and a stimulus for theory development around key questions such as:
The first part of the book focuses on aspects of the effectiveness of elite sports systems and the second explores aspects of systems operation focused on the interface between the athlete and the sport development system, and cross-cutting themes within the book include the management of talent identification and coach development. This is illuminating reading for any student, researcher or practitioner working in sport development, sport management or sports coaching.
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Svein S. Andersen is a professor of organization studies at BI Norwegian Business School, and adjunct professor at the Centre for Training and Performance, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. He has been director for Centre for EU Research, University of Oslo, and chair of the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at Norwegian Business School
Lars Tore Ronglan is associate professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and currently vice rector at the same institution. He has been Head of Research at the Centre of Training and Performance in Oslo and was recently elected as vice rector at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Ronglan has been assistant coach for the Norwegian national handball team, and has been involved as a consultant in various projects with the Handball Association and also the Norwegian elite sport organization Olympiatoppen
Barrie Houlihan is Professor of Sport Policy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK and also Visiting Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo. His research interests include the domestic and international policy processes for sport. He has a particular interest in sports development, the diplomatic use of sport, and drug abuse by athletes
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